Thousands expected to rally for same-sex marriage


Springfield  (AP) -- Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.


Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in Tuesday's "March on Springfield." The grassroots effort is urging lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation.


The Illinois Senate approved the measure last February, but the measure has stalled in the House. House Speaker Michael Madigan has said about a dozen votes are still needed.


The event will begin with a noon concert followed by a rally at 1 p.m. and a 2:30 p.m. march. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are participating in the event. The governor says he'll sign the legislation if it's approved.

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